The photo below captures the feeling I get when I think of Sri Lanka (and its Sri Lankans) trundling into 2010. It hasn’t been a smooth ride (which country every has one?) and there’s a lot of heavy historical baggage in the trailer. The vehicle itself isn’t idea. The traffic as usual is uncertain. Historically we expect things to be unpleasant but try not to think about it. To cheer things up there’s an easy appropriation of western symbolism for purely practical purposes. Obviously there’s the camaraderie of Machan-ness – along with the prospect of back stabbing that comes with it. Also in the picture is our shaky rear view mirror of history – which is very rarely helpful and dangerously distracting. However its part of our reality as regulations demand.
At this point I’ll let the picture’s worth of 1000 words do the talking. Feel free to use the shaky symbolism for your own interpretations.
Thank you for reading and the comments this year. Wish you all a happy 2010 and a fun and safe 31st night.